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Cow Culture 

Just as the cow converts grass into milk, 
we have to convert negatives into 
positives, writes maulana wahiduddin khan 



Leading A Spiritual Life 
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan 
Publisher: Goodword Books 
Pages: 391 
Price: Rs 110 

We have to develop in our personality what may 
be called the capacity for conversion; we have to 
turn negative experiences into positive thinking. 
n the 1930s, I was a student of a village 
madrasa in Uttar Pradesh. 

There I studied an Urdu 
Reader ; in which there 
was a poem composed by the 
well-known poet, Ismail 
Meerathi. It was titled Hamari 
Gaye — Our Cow. One of the 
verses went like this: Kaljo ghas 
chari thi ban mein , Doodh bani woh 
gaye ke than mein. 

It means that the cow is a spe- 
cial kind of animal. It takes grass and in re- 
turn gives us milk. In other words, the cow 
is a divine industry which is able to convert 
‘non-milk’ into milk. This poem became a 
part of my memory. It taught me a great les- 
son. God, the creator, has made the cow a 
model for human behaviour in that it gives 
us a lesson in high morality. We must devel- 
op this quality of conversion in our person- 
ality, so that we may convert negative thought 
into positive thought. 

It is said that man is a social animal. But 
what is society? Society is full of differences. 
Every day we experience some provocative 
situation, every day we face some unwanted 
behaviour from others, and every day we suf- 
fer anger and tension because of conflicts aris- 
ing out of differences. 

Then what to do? The cow is the answer. 
God has created a model in the form of the 
cow. We have to adopt cow culture, we have 
to develop in our personality what may be 


called the capacity for conversion; we have 
to turn negative experiences into positive 
thinking. 

The fact is that everyone enjoys freedom. 
But everyone is free to misuse his freedom. 
It is this misuse of freedom that creates prob- 
lems. As we cannot abolish people s freedom, 
we have no option but to learn the art of 
problem management. 

The present world is a testing 
ground. Every man and woman here 
is being tested. If they have freedom it 
is because, without freedom, there can 
be no test. The freedom is God-giv- 
en, and as such, no one has the li- 
cense to abolish it.Thus we have no 
option but to follow the cow pat- 
tern.The cow culture means learn- 
ing the art of anger management, 
learning the art of converting anger 
into forgiveness, learning the art of con- 
verting anger into peaceability. 

Leaving society and going to the jungle 
or the mountains is a lower form of spiri- 
tuality.The higher form of spirituality is that 
which is demonstrated by the cow. We have 
to live with people, experience all kinds of 
unwanted behaviour from others, but try 
not to react negatively. You have to imitate 
the cow. Just as the cow converts grass into 
milk, you have to convert negative thought 
into positive thought.This is the highest form 
of spirituality. 

Most men and women are battling stress. 
They ask what is the way to de-stress. I 
would suggest that they learn a lesson from 
the cow. They should adopt the cow habit 
in their affairs and they will be able to de- 
stress themselves quite successfully.The cow 
represents an elevated form of lifestyle. Adopt 
this lifestyle, and you will be able to enjoy 
a tension-free life. ■ 

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